Chicago 2011 IKC Cluster of Dog Shows Brings 10,000 Canine's to Chicago's McCormick Place.

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Last years Best in Show for Day 1 was a boxer.

Chicago, Monday, February 21, 2011.  Over 10,000 purebred dogs from 167 breeds will be competing for "Best in Show" and other awards at this year's 2011 International Kennel Club Cluster of Dog Shows this weekend--February 26 and 27.

The International Cluster of Dog Shows annually attracts over 60,000 visitors to observe dogs and their handlers strutting their skills in a variety of competitions and demonstrations. Judged competitions include conformation and obedience; the Best in Show Amateur-Owner-Handler Competition; Junior Dog Judging, offered exclusively this weekend for children ages 9 - 19; and the Puppy Spectacular featuring the finest puppies aged 6 months to 12 months competing for "Best Puppy In Show."  Using a unique "Chicago-style" no-benches format, guests are also encouraged to meet and greet with dogs and their handlers when they aren't competing.

New This Year.
Additionally, demonstrations at this year's show will highlight features unique to specific breeds including Earth Dog, displaying how small terriers and dachshunds were once bred as hunting dogs, and Drill Team featuring dogs using music and movements to "dance" with their handlers and showcase teamwork, artistry, athleticism and style.  Other demonstrations include Search and Rescue, Obedience, and Agility, plus the opportunity to "Meet the Breeds" as the newest breeds are welcomed to the American Kennel Club such as the Cane Corso, Icelandic Sheepdog, and Leonberger.

About the 2011 International Cluster of Dog Shows:
The 2011 International Cluster of Dog Shows, presented by the International Kennel Club of Chicago, will be held on Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27, 2011 from 8:00am - 5:00pm at McCormick Place, North Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.  Tickets are $18 for adults; children 12 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.  Tickets will be sold at the door only on Saturday and Sunday.  For $2 off coupon, ticket pricing, schedules, and more information visit www.ikcdogshow.com or call 773-237-5100.

Check out some dogs in action from previous years in the slide show below.

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